BY AMY ALLEN
Friday, Oct. 24
Fries, piping hot gravy, and a generous heaping of cheese curds — what better way to cap off the work week than with a bit of comfort food? The fall edition of Poutine Fest is happening on Sparks Street this weekend, with nine restaurants and 17 street vendors peddling countless varieties of greasy goodness. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available to those with dietary restrictions. Admission is free.
Take a peek beyond the veil at the Billings Estate, where psychic Connie Adams leads a small group of paranormal enthusiasts through an Edwardian séance. Ghostly surprises are sure to abound in Ottawa’s oldest wood-frame house — so be sure to register before space fills up. Tickets are $30.
Hard rock band The Trews originated in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and have been playing together for over 10 years. Their latest, self-titled album was released in April 2014. They play at Mavericks on Friday night. Tickets are $38.
Saturday, Oct. 25
Want to learn how to dance like a pro? On Saturday morning, Amber Funk Barton and Josh Martin, two young choreographers from western Canada, teach a dance masterclass at the National Arts Centre. Bonus: they’re performing three original routines from Oct. 23 to 25. Tickets for the class are $25; tickets to performances start at $31.
When summer festival season ends, Ottawa’s film community comes to life. This weekend, the Inside Out Film Festival is showing films by, for, and about the LGBT community. Saturday’s schedule includes Regarding Susan Sontag, Tribeca 2014’s choice for best documentary, and the multiple award-winning 52 Tuesdays. Venues vary. See website for details and ticket prices.
Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe has been moving audiences with their indie pop tunes for just four short years, but in that time, they’ve managed to snag themselves a Juno nomination for Alternative Album of the Year. They perform at Mavericks on Saturday. Tickets are $12.
Sunday, Oct. 26
Comedian Darrin Rose has made quite a name for himself, with appearances on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, his role as Bill on Mr. D, and as host of Match Game. He brings his new show, My Dad’s Other Son, to the Ottawa Little Theatre. Tickets start at $17.